*Tickets are $40.25 | On sale November 5 at 10am
Please note: A few hours prior to the event tickets may only be available from the box office or at the venue.
The traditional music / fiddle event of the year featuring Cape Breton fiddling sensation Ashley MacIsaac and Vancouver Island's own guitar phenom Quinn Bachand! Plus opening set by Daniel Lapp's BC Fiddle Orchestra!
It will have been 10 years since Ashley MacIsaac and Quinn Bachand played their first gig together, at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre. Ashley had found Quinn on YouTube and been impressed with his playing, so he reached out to see if he'd be available to perform with him during Vancouver Celtic Fest. Quinn was thrilled to be asked, the pair met the day of the show, had a two hour rehearsal and then proceeded to blow everyone away during their full length show.
Since then Ashley and Quinn have toured across Canada performing at Vancouver's Winter Olympics, festivals such as Edmonton Folk Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Music Fest and Cavendish Beach Music Festival. They've also performed in Australia including a 3-week tour during the Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania and Castlemaine State Festival, outside Melbourne.
Ashley MacIsaac needs no introduction. He is one of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. Considered something of a local legend and prodigy by the time of his impressive 1992 debut Close To The Floor, Ashley broke through to the mainstream with the double-platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You Today? in 1995. International radio play for the single, Sleepy Maggie, and a regular slot on MuchMusic made Ashley an instant Canadian icon.
With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand is recognized as the "Young Lion of the Celtic guitar" (Daniel Lapp) and "Canada's top Celtic guitarist" (Ashley MacIsaac). Although Quinn plays a range of styles that include jazz and bluegrass, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that have drawn much attention. A gifted and creative guitar player, Quinn adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. His work in the duo with sister Qristina, as well as his gypsy jazz project, Brishen, have earned him a mantle-packing collection of national and international nominations and awards. These include 8 nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, 4 nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards, an Emerging Artist Finalist position in RBC Canada's Walk of Fame, the Saga Djangofest Award, two consecutive wins at the Irish Music Awards, 2010 Top Duo and 2011 Top Traditional Group and most recently a win at the Independent Music Awards for his latest album, "Blue Verdun".
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